It has been a while since I posted...a long while! Isabella Faye is growing into a beautiful, funny, charming little lady of 4 years old. There are so many pictures and stories, too many to try to catch up...so, I'm starting fresh. For today, a photo from Forever Family Day. John was fresh off gallbladder surgery (only 2 days before) but determined to celebrate our special day, commemorating the 3rd anniversary of Isabella Faye's arrival home from Guatemala. We celebrated at Isabella Faye's choice, Olive Garden. Isabella Faye got an Olivia 2 in 1 play set, which elicited a day full of singing the Olivia theme song!
I wish the elder Faye could have known her spunky, fun granddaughter. I'm sure she watches over her from Heaven. Oh to be even half the mother she was! I miss her terribly, worse now than ever. I need her here to guide me, help me with this mothering thing, for which I feel so inadequate. But I trust God to keep ever fresh in my mind the kind, witty style of parenting that my easy-going, infinitely patient mother possessed. And I trust that her legacy will live on in my sweet Isabella Faye, who carries her name.
This beautiful little baby beside my sweet girl is Chloe. IF and Chloe met at church and Isabella Faye felt an instant connection with her. She played with her, fed her, sang to her, defended her and talked about her constantly.
Chloe's Mom, Shelley was my Worship Pastor so the two girls spent lots of time together, as well as Chloe's adorable older brother Micheal, while we rehearsed.
When Isabella Faye found out that Chloe was moving and wouldn't be able to play with her anymore, she cried...and cried...because Co-EE is my best fend!
Chloe is a precious baby girl, sweet and giggly and super cuddly.
We miss her lots but we're thankful for her Mom and Dad's awesome new jobs that put them closer to family and home much more with their amazing kids.
This year for Spring Break we took a long weekend trip to see Aunt Betsy and family in Cincinnati. Daddy was coaching at a tournament and couldn't go but Aunt K and the boys did! Isabella Faye is a wonderful traveler and had a great time, though she did miss Daddy and I did too! Hubby was thrilled to hear all the details of our trip (IF and I LOVE details!)and we are excited to take him back this summer!
The game was during IF's nap-time. She didn't let a stadium full of screaming fans stop her from sleeping from the bottom of the 2nd inning to the top of the 8th!
What a beautiful sight!
Fellow Reds fans...and a few (stifling vomit) Cardinals fans...
1st Base Coach Billy Hatcher and one really lucky kid!
Just a little tribute to Bronson Arroyo, my FAVORITE Red!!